Chemotherapy is used to attack cancer cells in your body. However, it is non-discriminatory, which means that it also attacks healthy cells like those in the roots of your hair.
Many cancer fighting drugs are used to target cells that divide most frequently. Cancerous cells are essentially cells that divide and grow at unstable rates and so these drugs seek to suppress such rapid cellular division. Unfortunately, these medication do not discriminate which cells they attack, fighting off any cells that divide frequently. In addition to cancerous cells, many cells in the body divide very frequently such as hair follicles; the medications ultimately cause hair loss by killing the cells that hold the hair in place. Other cells that divide frequently in the body include many parts of the gatroentistenal tract which is why Chemotherapy can also cause stomach irritation and loss of appetitie in many patients.
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